News Spreads About Bucket Fillers

Back in August I blogged about the Bucket Fillers project my second grader was involved in last year. Part of what had me so excited was that the entire second grade was planning on implementing the project for this academic year. But it got even better than just spreading in the one school. I shared it with some first grade teachers I was working with at Ravine Drive Elementary School in Matawan, NJ and they and their principal decided to implement Bucket Filling school wide.

Tuesday was my first visit there since I originally showed them our Animoto back in September. Here’s what I saw:

Bucket Fillers in the Classroom
Bucket Fillers by the Doors
Bucket Filler Suggestions
Bucket Fillers for the Administration and Office Staff
Bucket Fillers for Everyone - Even the Custodian

The teachers I spoke with at Ravine Drive Elementary School said that Bucket Filling was going very well. The students, grades K-3, were learning how to treat others nicely and fairly. The Principal even told me that being a Bucket Dipper was considered a major offense by students. Hat tip to Debra Skaar at Evergreen Elementary School for bringing this program to schools in the area.


Are You Looking to Improve English Language Literacy Skills? Try Giggle IT

I recently learned about the GiggleIT program from Patricia Carmichael of The International Association of School Librarianship (IASL). This is a global collaborative publishing project hosted by the IASL, working in partnership with the International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL).

The media release for the project states:

Designed to help children around the world improve their English language literacy skills, the GiggleIT Project encourages students ages 10-14 to contribute their writings to an online book (eBook) celebrating stories and humour from their culture. Humour, just like tragedy, is a vehicle that can be used to promote cross-cultural understandings and collaboration for children and young adults around the world. Children’s work will be published internationally and will identify their culture through literature.

Written by children for children, the eBook will contain children’s stories, jokes and poetry. The project will inspire children to be creative and make cross-cultural connections with other children from around the world as they learn about humour from other countries, while improving their literacy skills.

A range of competitions, and teaching and learning packages, will motivate and stimulate reading and writing skills whilst supporting the teaching and learning with examples and worksheets which can be downloaded into handouts for the class.

Patricia  uses Giggle IT in her integrated English, Social Science and ICT and library lessons in the middle school. She mentioned that it is very effective for grades 5 – 8, upper primary and  lower secondary students.

Please consider visiting the site. Here’s a sampling of the resources the GiggleIT team has created to help you get started:

I hope you will register your class to participate in GiggleIT 2011.

Hi Lisa,
We would love for you to share our project with your teachers.
That would be just what we want you to do. Plus any ideas that you have for improving this project.
We collect feedback from all our teachers and students and are at present collating this to further improve the project.
This project is for teachers to deliver to their classes in English classes, ESL classes, Library Classes, ICT classes, in fact it could be used in many areas of literacy education, information literacy and Information Communication Tech lessons.
I use it in my integrated English, Social Science and ICT and library lessons in the middle school.
Very effective for grades 5 – 8. Upper primary, lower secondary.
Our 2011 project will focus on Visual Literacy and ICT.
All our resources are free:
There is an online tutorial as well as PD manual that you can download, infact we offer a step by step tutorial:
plus over 54 separate handouts and donloadable worksheets:
As well as that we have a VOICETHREAD overview which we presented on Your School Library online conference:
This project is hosted on the International Association of School Librarianship website and the GiggleIT Team are members of IASL.
We are now looking for sponsorship partners “in kind” or as corporate financial sponsors. The IASL has a sponsorship program if you (your organisation) should be interested in this.
But if not that’s fine. We just want to spread the word and have many people involved in sharing the project with teachers and children in schools to share a love of reading writing and collaborating internationally. The bigger the project the more inclined corporate sponsors may be, to help us do this.
Lisa if you are interested in sharing this free project with your teachers, friends, academics, please do so.
We are now looking for Special Envoys in the US, and around the world to do this.
These people have online presesence and are visible in a section of the GiggleIT Project calle dSpecial Envoys, Friends of GiggleIT Project.
Let me know what you think.

Nominations for the 2010 Edublog Awards

I am honored to be nominated for the 3rd year in a row for the Edublog Awards. I’m sure you will agree that it’s always nice to be appreciated.

This year I was nominated in the Best Educational Tech Support Edublog category. (Votes are always appreciated. Just click this link, scroll down until you see ThumannResources, click the radio dot next to it and then click “Vote”.)

What I like most about the Edublog Awards is the chance to take a look at some blogs that I might not have otherwise been reading. My favorite category is “Best New Blog” and here are the nominations:

  1. About A Teacher
  2. bcnpaul1′s blog
  3. Be Cunning and Full of Tricks
  4. Blogging through the Fourth Dimension
  5. Box of Chocolates
  6. Comments4Kids
  7. Connected Principals
  8. Culture of Yes
  9. Digital Dervish
  10. Educating Grace
  11. Eliterate Librarian
  12. Emma Herrod
  13. Experts and Newbies
  14. Hack Education
  15. ideaconnect
  16. InterACT
  17. Inter.Connect.Ed
  18. Language Garden
  19. Libraries and Transliteracy
  20. New City Arts
  21. Michelle’s Musings
  22. MrK’s Professional Reflections
  23. Quantum Progress
  24. Reflections of a teacher and a learner
  25. Teaching Literacy in the Early Years
  26. Speech Techie
  27. The Nerdy Teacher
  28. Think Thank Thunk
  29. Turklish TEFL
  30. Upside Down Education
  31. Venture Pragmatist
  32. Walt Gardner’s Reality Check
  33. Webb’s Wide World
  34. Whose Learning Is It Anyway?

To explore the other categories you can visit or select from this list:

  1. Best individual blog
  2. Best individual tweeter
  3. Best group blog
  4. Best new blog
  5. Best class blog
  6. Best student blog
  7. Best resource sharing blog
  8. Most influential blog post
  9. Most influential tweet / series of tweets / tweet based discussion
  10. Best teacher blog
  11. Best librarian / library blog
  12. Best school administrator blog
  13. Best educational tech support blog
  14. Best elearning / corporate education blog
  15. Best educational use of audio
  16. Best educational use of video / visual
  17. Best educational wiki
  18. Best educational podcast
  19. Best educational webinar series
  20. Best educational use of a social network
  21. Best educational use of a virtual world
  22. Best use of a PLN
  23. Lifetime achievement

Happy reading!

The Next Google Teacher Academy – Sydney, Australia

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Google has announced the next Google Teacher Academy.

This time, they will be hosting the resource and networking packed day at the Sydney, Australia offices at 5/48 Pirrama Road

“The Google Teacher Academy is a FREE professional development experience designed to help K-12 educators get the most from innovative technologies. Each Academy is an intensive, one-day event where participants get hands-on experience with Google’s free products and other technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues, and immerse themselves in an innovative corporate environment. Upon completion, Academy participants become Google Certified Teachers who share what they learn with other K-12 educators in their local region.”

Event Date: Thursday, March 10th (with an optional half day unconference on March 11th)

Application Deadline: 11:59 PM PST (UTC/GMT -8) on 27 January 2011

Applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been accepted on or before 18 February 2010.


Please read through all the requirements and directions BEFORE completing the application.
Educators worldwide may apply, but must pay for their own travel and lodging.
Previous Google Certified Teachers are not eligible.

Good luck to all those that apply!!